Egg Spots?

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what do egg spots mean on a cichlid? I have 6 Africans and they all-specifically have 1 or 2 yellow spots on their analfins
 

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that means ick
 
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CanadianFishFan said:
that means ick
No it’s not ick, it’s part of their coloration. I’m asking like, does it mean they’re males or female?
 

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Friends.NotFood. said:
No it’s not ick, it’s part of their coloration. I’m asking like, does it mean they’re males or female?
oh sorry, thought you meant more like a betta egg spot. then I don't know sorry
 
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CanadianFishFan said:
oh sorry, thought you meant more like a betta egg spot. then I don't know sorry
NO prob
 

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Males have the egg spots. So you have 6 males.
 
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Males have the egg spots. So you have 6 males.
I guess I should hurry up and get some females.
 

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What size is your tank?
 

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AquaticJ said:
Males have the egg spots. So you have 6 males.
This is actually a huge misconception. While most males do indeed have egg spots, many females do as well. Egg spots are used mainly to entice the females to go near the male's vent and pick up the "eggs". The eggs gathered in the females mouth then end up in close proximity to the male's milt, fertilizing the eggs. I have females with a few dull egg spots on their analfins, they are for sure females too. A male's eggs spots will be vibrant while a female's are small and not so flashy.

So basically what I'm saying is you cannot sex an African cichlid on the absence or presence of egg spots alone. Heck I've got males that haven't a single egg spot on them when their sisters have 2-3.
 

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Well thank you for the info, I had often suspected that this couldn't always be true. Especially because many captive bread fish are modified to look more enticing to people.
 
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Demeter said:
This is actually a huge misconception. While most males do indeed have egg spots, many females do as well. Egg spots are used mainly to entice the females to go near the male's vent and pick up the "eggs". The eggs gathered in the females mouth then end up in close proximity to the male's milt, fertilizing the eggs. I have females with a few dull egg spots on their analfins, they are for sure females too. A male's eggs spots will be vibrant while a female's are small and not so flashy.

So basically what I'm saying is you cannot sex an African cichlid on the absence or presence of egg spots alone. Heck I've got males that haven't a single egg spot on them when their sisters have 2-3.
I’ve read that too. I guess I just assumed male. I know for sure my OB is male. Now that I think about it, my auratus is female because she’s yellow and I know only juveniles and females are yellow. Cool. Thanks
 
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